Want a less polarised society? Try a universal basic income | Anthony Painter | TEDxExeter

Translator: Michele Gianella Reviewer: Riaki Poništ So, if there was one word that you could use to describe current society, what might it be? For me, it’s the word “polarity.” This is the idea that people are pulling apart in politics and culture in terms of their economic opportunities, in terms of their identities. And […]

Judging Societies by Women’s Prisons | Emily Salisbury | TEDxWashingtonCorrectionsCenterforWomen

Translator: Ellen Maloney Reviewer: Denise RQ “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” This famous quote by Dostoyevsky reminds us that to truly understand the progression of humanity, we should open our eyes to see how we treat some of the most unsympathetic characters in our world. How […]

Against Ancestry

You know that show Who Do You Think You Are? It’s very popular, and will always get renewed. I’m sure it’s pretty interesting, but I can’t bring myself to watch it, because they always give away the answer in the episode’s title. But the gist is: Someone more famous than you researches their ancestors, and […]

Cornel West: Hope Is Spiritual Armor Against Modern Society’s Spiritual Warfare

What does it mean to learn how to die in order to learn how to live? That’s platonic isn’t it? Philosophy itself is a meditation in preparation for death. Montaigne says the philosophizers learn how to die. Seneca says he or she who learns how to die unlearns slavery because art, paideia—deep education, not cheap […]

Ai Weiwei on the role of artists in today’s society- Hirshhorn Museum

As an artist, I’m only interested in the role of art, [when] you’re relating [it] to our life condition, our living condition, which is about human dignity, it’s about freedom of speech, about our dreams and our fears, and that those are so much reflected in today’s political, and social conditions. So that’s why my […]